Definitions of give

  1. be the cause or source of; " He gave me a lot of trouble"; " Our meeting afforded much interesting information"
  2. afford access to; " the door opens to the patio"; " The French doors give onto a terrace"
  3. give or convey physically; " She gave him First Aid"; " I gave him a punch in the nose"
  4. bring about; " His two singles gave the team the victory"
  5. break down, literally or metaphorically; " The wall collapsed"; " The business collapsed"; " The dam broke"; " The roof collapsed"; " The wall gave in"; " The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"
  6. contribute to some cause; " I gave at the office"
  7. give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; " She committed herself to the work of God"; " give one's talents to a good cause"; " consecrate your life to the church"
  8. move in order to make room for someone for something; " The park gave way to a supermarket"; "` Move over, ' he told the crowd"
  9. bring about; " The trompe l'oeil- illusion establishes depth"
  10. give food to; " Feed the starving children in India"; " don't give the child this tough meat"
  11. give or supply; " The cow brings in 5 liters of milk"; " This year's crop yielded 1, 000 bushels of corn"; " The estate renders some revenue for the family"
  12. give as a present; make a gift of; " What will you give her for her birthday?"
  13. execute and deliver; " Give bond"
  14. the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
  15. proffer, as of a body part; " She gave her hand to her little sister"
  16. consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man; " She gave herself to many men"
  17. occur; " what gives?" ( slang)
  18. estimate the duration or outcome of something; " He gave the patient three months to live"; " I gave him a very good chance at success"
  19. inflict as a punishment; " She gave the boy a good spanking"; " The judge gave me 10 years"
  20. allow to have or take; " I give you two minutes to respond"
  21. guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion; " You gave me to think that you agreed with me"
  22. manifest or show; " This student gives promise of real creativity"; " The office gave evidence of tampering"
  23. tell or deposit ( information) knowledge; " give a secret to the Russians"; " leave your name and address here"
  24. convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow; " Don't pay him any mind"; " give the orders"; " Give him my best regards"; " pay attention"
  25. bestow; " give hommage"; " render thanks"
  26. endure the loss of; " He gave his life for his children"; " I gave two sons to the war"
  27. be flexible under stress of physical force; " This material doesn't give"
  28. proffer ( a body part); " She gave her hand to her little sister"
  29. occur; " what gives?"
  30. dedicate; " give thought to"; " give priority to"; " pay attention to"
  31. submit for consideration, judgment, or use; " give one's opinion"; " give an excuse"
  32. offer in good faith; " He gave her his word"
  33. legal use: accord by verdict; " give a decision for the plaintiff"
  34. propose; " He gave the first of many toasts at the birthday party"
  35. perform for an audience; " Pollini is giving another concert in New York"
  36. present to view; " He gave the sign to start"
  37. organize or be responsible for; " hold a reception"; " have, throw, or make a party"; " give a course"
  38. transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; " I gave her my money"; " can you give me lessons?"; " She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
  39. leave with; give temporarily; " Can I give you my keys while I go in the pool?"; " Can I give you the children for the weekend?"
  40. place into the hands or custody of; " hand me the spoon, please"; " Turn the files over to me, please"; " He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
  41. convey or reveal information; " Give one's name"
  42. give ( as medicine); " I gave him the drug"
  43. cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense; " She gave him a black eye"; " The draft gave me a cold"
  44. bestow, especially officially; " grant a degree"; " give a divorce"; " This bill grants us new rights"
  45. deliver in exchange or recompense; " I'll give you three books for four CDs"
  46. emit or utter; " Give a gulp"; " give a yelp"
  47. To bestow without receiving a return; to confer without compensation; to impart, as a possession; to grant, as authority or permission; to yield up or allow.
  48. To yield possesion of; to deliver over, as property, in exchange for something; to pay; as, we give the value of what we buy.
  49. To yield; to furnish; to produce; to emit; as, flint and steel give sparks.
  50. To communicate or announce, as advice, tidings, etc.; to pronounce; to render or utter, as an opinion, a judgment, a sentence, a shout, etc.
  51. To grant power or license to; to permit; to allow; to license; to commission.
  52. To exhibit as a product or result; to produce; to show; as, the number of men, divided by the number of ships, gives four hundred to each ship.
  53. To allow or admit by way of supposition.
  54. To attribute; to assign; to adjudge.
  55. To excite or cause to exist, as a sensation; as, to give offense; to give pleasure or pain.
  56. To pledge; as, to give one's word.
  57. To give a gift or gifts.
  58. To yield to force or pressure; to relax; to become less rigid; as, the earth gives under the feet.
  59. To become soft or moist.
  60. To move; to recede.
  61. To have a misgiving.
  62. To open; to lead.
  63. To afford a view of; as, his window gave the park.
  64. Given.
  65. To devote; to apply; used reflexively, to devote or apply one's self; as, the soldiers give themselves to plunder; also in this sense used very frequently in the past participle; as, the people are given to luxury and pleasure.
  66. To set forth as a known quantity or a known relation, or as a premise from which to reason; - used principally in the passive form given.
  67. To cause; to make; - with the infinitive; as, to give one to understand, to know, etc.
  68. To bestow; confer without price or reward; grant; yield; as, to give up a claim; deliver; to pay; to present; to utter; as, to give a cry; to produce; to impart.
  69. To present gifts; yield to pressure; as, the lock began to give; surrender.
  70. Gave.
  71. To bestow: to impart: to yield: to grant: to permit: to afford: to furnish: to pay or render, as thanks: to pronounce, as a decision: to show, as a result: to apply, as one's self: to allow or admit.
  72. To yield to pressure: to begin to melt: to grow soft:- pr. p. giving; pa. t. gave; pa. p. given. - GIVE CHASE, to pursue: GIVE FORTH, to emit, to publish: GIVE IN, to yield: GIVE OUT, to report, to emit: GIVE OVER, to cease: GIVE PLACE, to give way, to yield: GIVE UP, to abandon.
  73. To bestow; yield; permit; pay.
  74. To bestow gratuitously.
  75. To transfer as or for a price; hand over; deliver; administer; inflict; declare; pronounce.
  76. To concede; surrender; often with up.
  77. To yield as a product or result.
  78. To convey gratuitously something valuable.
  79. To yield as through pressure; recede.
  80. To bestow; to grant without requiring a recompense; to deliver; to impart; to communicate; to pay; to yield; to quit; to grant; to expose; to allow; to permit; to afford; to furnish; to empower; to pay or render; to pronounce; to show; to emit; to apply; to admit. To give away, to transfer. To give back, to return. To give chase, to pursue. To give forth, to publish. To give the hand, to yield preeminence. To give in, to allow by way of abatement; to yield. To give over, to abandon; to believe to be lost. To give out, to utter publicly; to report; to exhibit in false appearance. To give up, to resign; to surrender; to relinquish. To give one's self up, to despair of one's recovery; to abandon. To give way, to yield; to recede.
  81. To yield to pressure; to begin to melt; to grow soft; to move; to recede. To give in, to go back. To give in to, to yield assent. To give off, to forbear. To give on, to rush. To give out, to proclaim. To give over, to cease; to act no more.
  82. To bestow; to confer; to pay, as a price; to grant without price or reward; to part; to grow moist; to soften; to resign or yield up; to render or utter.

Usage examples for give

  1. Wiggins would not give her any. – The Living Link by James De Mille
  2. Oh, do give him to me! – The Awakening of Helena Richie by Margaret Deland
  3. You will not give me up quite?" – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  4. " Now I give it to you all," she told him. – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  5. Then give me that one, sir, and I'll take it back to them at once. – King of the Castle by George Manville Fenn
  6. I give him back to you. – The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story by Various
  7. And if what I give you is too much, let it go. – O+F by John Moncure Wetterau
  8. " I was to give you this," he said. – The Truants by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  9. I never could give you up." – Nan of Music Mountain by Frank H. Spearman
  10. What did she give you for so doing? – Entertainments for Home, Church and School by Frederica Seeger
  11. Give it him if you have it. – Frenzied Fiction by Stephen Leacock
  12. I'm not going to give it back to you! – The Place Beyond the Winds by Harriet T. Comstock
  13. You alone can give it to me. – Democracy An American Novel by Henry Adams
  14. What answer did Jim give? – Laramie Holds the Range by Frank H. Spearman
  15. But, Caroline, do you wish to give him up? – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  16. Why should we give it up? – The Negro and the elective franchise. A Series Of Papers And A Sermon (The American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers, No. 11.) by Archibald H. Grimké, Charles C. Cook, John Hope, John L. Love, Kelly Miller, and Rev. Frank J. Grimké
  17. The man would give it to me, but I would not have it. – Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism by Allen Putnam
  18. It is all that I can give you. – The Best Policy by Elliott Flower
  19. These conditions give the indication for treatment. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  20. Give him all you can! – The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories by Ethel M. Dell